FS Meteor M60/4

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FS Meteor (06M3)
Cruise identifierM60/4
Cruise period2004-02-16 — 2004-03-04
Port of departureFort-de-France, Martinique
Port of returnFort-de-France, Martinique
ObjectivesMid-Atlantic Expedition 2003-2004
Leg 4. The fourth leg of Meteor cruise 60 served the MOVE (Meridional Overturning Variability Experiment) project which started in January 2000. The long-term observations of fluctuations in the thermohaline circulation of the western Atlantic Ocean were to be continued on a routine basis. The MOVE array is situated on a zonal section along 16 N between the Antilles Arc in the west and the outskirts of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in the east.

The array was exchanged last from FS SONNE in June 2003. The array comprises moored instruments for recording currents, density, bottom pressure and acoustic tomography signals. The successful redeployment of the instrumentation during M60/4 ensures that the long-term goal of the project can be achieved, namely to observe interannual and longer fluctuations of the thermohaline circulation with integral methods.
Chief scientistUwe Send (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel (West Shore Campus))
Cruise reportFS Meteor M60/4 cruise report meteor_m60.pdf (9.34 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth West Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
Caribbean Sea
SpecificZonal section of NW Atlantic along 16 N